Samui (Thailand): British Open-bound Anirban Lahiri returns to one of his favourite venues on the Asian Tour for the Queen's Cup, starting Thursday, as he tunes up for his maiden appearance in a Major next month.

Lahiri, who won twice in the span of a year on the Asian Tour, is one of the Indians teeing up at the Queen's Cup in Koh Samui.

The other Indians in the field for the USD 300,000 event include Himmat Rai, Chiragh Kumar and Ajeetesh Sandhu.

"Samui is one of my favourite courses on the Asian Tour. It's my fifth year in a row here. I love the course, I have had two top-10s here so I enjoy the challenge of the course. You have to stay patient. You can't hit it wayward as it's very penal. The main challenge comes from the wind. If it is windy, it'll get tougher," said Lahiri.

"It's a lot drier this year which will make it tougher and the greens are quicker than usual which won't help the scoring as the slopes are severe. Hopefully the winds stays down which will help scoring, otherwise it'll be a grind," he added.

Lahiri has now spent five years on the Tour. "Having been on Tour five years now, I think the experience has helped me compared to when I was a 20 or 21, very exuberant and full of beans so to speak back then. The experience was lacking which held me back at a lot of occasions. I'm also comfortable now playing with better players. It's basically helped me to lift my game overall and it's starting to show the past 12 to 18 months.

"The thought to win was there even earlier but the belief wasn't there. But I think now, the thought is there with the belief which makes the thought stronger. That's changed with my two wins and that will help me win more often and I hope that happens," said Lahiri.

Speaking about the upcoming British Open next month, Lahiri said, "I was in the UK recently and played Royal Lytham a couple of times to prepare for the British Open. I was there with my coach, which was good. The next time I go back there in July, I don't think I would be overwhelmed by the place."

Meanwhile, Filipino golf star Juvic Pagunsan hopes to win the Queen's Cup to ease the pressure of being the reigning Asian Tour No. 1, who finished third in the 2010 Queen's Cup.

The 34-year-old, the first man from the Philippines to capture the prestigious Order of Merit last season, admits that being the top-ranked player in the region has weighed heavy on his shoulders.

Other big stars in the field at the Santiburi Samui Country Club include title holder Chawalit Plaphol of Thailand and six players - Prom Meesawat, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Bangladeshi Siddikur, Australia's Scott Hend and Lahiri -- who are in the top-10 of the Merit list.


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